Zygomatic bones

There are two zygomatic bones, which are also known by other names including Zygoma, Malar Bones, and (non-medically) as cheek bones. These are among the facial bones of the head.

Location:

The zygomatic bones are also known as the cheek bone because they form the prominent part of the cheeks (on both sides of the front of the face). The zygomatic bones also form part of the orbits (commonly known as "eye sockets").

Function(s):

The zygomatic bones form the bottom of the orbitals (eye sockets) and also the nasal cavities, and the roof of the mouth.

See notes about, and labelled diagrams of, all human cranial and facial bones on one page.

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